Cross scores late, lifts UMBC past Albany, 10-9

3-0 run carries Retrievers

Towson beats Villanova

Loyola tops Quinnipiac

State men

College Lacrosse

April 04, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Junior attackman Rob Cross scored the game-winner with 3:22 remaining to lift UMBC over Albany, 10-9, in men's lacrosse yesterday at UMBC Stadium.

The Retrievers (3-3, 2-0) outscored Albany 3-0 in the fourth quarter, after back-to-back goals by Merrick Thomson and Luke Daquino put the Great Danes (4-3, 1-1) ahead 9-7 late in the third period.

UMBC's James Hyland scored just 40 seconds into the fourth quarter and Pat Muston won the ensuing draw and tallied an unassisted score to knot the game at, 9-9, before senior midfielder Franklin Berry found Cross cutting toward the goal to end the game.

UMBC committed five turnovers down the stretch, but Albany could not capitalize as it managed just one shot in the final three minutes.

Retrievers freshman attackman Drew Westervelt picked off an Albany clearing attempt with 43 seconds left and Albany did not get an offensive thrust after that turnover.

Westervelt led the Retrievers with two goals and two assists, while Franklin added two goals and an assist.

Thomson led all scorers with four goals and two assists for Albany.

No. 13 Towson 20, Villanova 11: Freshman attackman Jonathan Engelke scored eight goals while senior midfielder Ben DeFelice controlled 21 of 26 faceoffs as the Tigers opened defense of their Colonial Athletic Association title with the win at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The win improved Towson's record to 3-3 and 1-0 in the league. The Wildcats had a five-game win streak broken, dropping them to 7-2 and 1-1 in the CAA.

Nine Tigers scored in the game. Engelke took 16 shots, one off Towson's single-game record of 17.

DeFelice, meanwhile, dominated the faceoff circle. He won the first 11 before missing one. His 21 draws were four off the school record for a game. His 22 ground balls shattered the old Towson record of 18.

The 20 goals were the most for Towson in a game since a 20-8 win over Drexel two years ago.

Loyola 11, Quinnipiac 10: Freshman Matt Cassalia scored with 4:03 remaining in regulation as the Greyhounds (3-3) edged the visiting Braves (1-7) in a nonconference game.

Loyola scored two minutes into the contest with freshman Andrew Spack's fifth goal of the season while Matt Monfett added back-to-back goals as Loyola led 3-0 without allowing the Bobcats a shot on goal.

After a 30-minute second-quarter delay and two Bobcats carried off the field on stretchers, Quinnipiac closed the half with a 5-0 run to take a 6-4 lead into the break.

The Greyhounds, after going 0-for-4 in extra-man opportunities in the first half, converted their first chance of the second half with Spack's man-up goal at 10:54 of the third quarter. Stephen Brundage and Cassalia followed with unassisted goals to give the Greyhounds a 7-6 lead.

Quinnipiac took an 8-7 lead, Loyola stormed back to lead 9-8, but back-to-back Bobcat goals gave Quinnipiac yet another lead at 10-9.

Quinnipiac held a 10-9 fourth-quarter advantage before Loyola freshman Jordan Rabidou scored the tying goal with 4:48 remaining and Cassalia checked the Braves' Josh Murray, picked up the groundball and raced downfield for the score.

Monfett led Loyola with two goals and two assists.

Washington College 7, Ursinus 4: Stephen Berger scored a team-high three goals as the Shoremen (10-0, 3-0) beat the visiting Bears (4-4, 0-2) to remain undefeated in the Centennial Conference.

Washington College trailed 4-2 with 11:56 left in the third quarter and outscored Ursinus 5-0 the rest of the way.

Michael Dyal added two goals for the Shoremen.

St. Mary's 13, York 7: Shane Baxter had a game-high four goals and Doug Mayer added three as the Seahawks (6-5, 2-2) cruised past the host Spartans (2-6, 0-5) in the Capital Athletic Conference.

St. Mary's took a 6-2 lead into the break and outshot York 30-13 in the second half.

Mount St. Mary's 12, Wagner 5: Jason Werner scored a career-high five goals to lead the Mountaineers (2-5, 2-3) over the host Seahawks (1-6, 1-2) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The Mount took a 7-1 lead into the half and outshot Wagner 46-16 in the game.

Goucher 17, Catholic 5: Freshman Jerod Richardson won 24 of 25 faceoffs and five players added three goals as the Gophers (5-6,3-2) rolled past the host Cardinals (6-3, 2-3) in the Capital Athletic Conference.

Goucher held a 7-3 halftime lead and sealed the victory by outscoring Catholic, 6-0, in the third period.

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